Who Has the Power

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I will call upon the LORD,
who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18:2-3

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are worthy to be praised. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we doubt that You are above everything. Open our eyes so that we may see Your wondrous works. Help us to declare Your mighty acts and to give all glory to You. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

As Christians we should know that we need to humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and adjust our lifestyle whenever it is not in line with God’s Word (2. Chronicles 7:14) In Wednesday’s post, when I quoted from 2. Chronicles 7:13-14, I mentioned something else, though:

“that the One who is able to calm the storm is also the One who is able to send, allow, or avoid the storm. (2 Chronicles 7:13)”

If we are honest now, how often do we really ask ourselves if God has sent or allowed a hardship that we are facing that moment? Is there a reason why this is happening? Could God have stopped this kind of thing?

What if we do know that whatever we are facing right now is the work of God? Will we accept His will and trust Him? Will we continue to call upon Him? Will we still praise Him?

Will we join David and say, no matter what:

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I will call upon the LORD,
who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18:2-3

Or will we wrestle with God who has the power to make the sun rise in the morning and the sun to set in the evening? Do you agree that the One who knows how and why the storm came to be is also the One who knows how to cease the storm again?

Call upon the LORD and praise Him today.

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Whenever Your Power Is Gone

When I shut up heaven and there is no rain,
or command the locusts to devour the land,
or send pestilence among My people,

if My people
who are called by My name
will humble themselves,
and pray
and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are our Help, Your mercy will lift us up, and You are our Comfort. Lead us, O God we pray, through times when we are weak. Open our eyes to see the beauty and power of Your glory. Help us in every step we take so that all be done as unto You and not as unto man. Give us the confidence that, even though we feel weak and quite helpless and alone, but You, O God, are the One who remains on the throne and who is well able to perform whatever needs to be worked out. In these times especially, remind us to be still and to wait and to know that You are God. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Today will be another power outage day in our home, and I’m very much looking forward to it. Why? Because these are the kind of days things shut down and do not run the normal usual way. No internet, no social media, no TV, no news — It’s like living in another “world” for a few hours.

Like I mentioned in Monday’s post, we were not taken by surprise today, but we were able to prepare ahead of time for the power outage.

So what do we do whenever the power in our life is shut down unexpectedly? Where or by what do you generate that power you so desperately need during a time of hardship and perhaps loneliness?

1 You remind yourself that the One who is able to calm the storm is also the One who is able to send, allow, or avoid the storm. (2 Chronicles 7:13)
2 Are you a Christian called by His name? Then continue with step 3. If you are not called by His name yet, this is the day! Today, now, you need to humble yourself and cry out to Christ Jesus the LORD —

For “WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.”

Romans 10:13

3 If you are a Christian, you know what to do:
– humble yourself,
– pray (which includes to ask God for the forgiveness of your sins),
– seek His face,
– and turn from your wicked ways (wrongdoings, no matter if they are done unknowingly or willingly; ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the ones you are not aware of)

The LORD will hear you from heaven and He will forgive your sins today.

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Prepared For Power Outage?

In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are mighty in power and above all — above all situations and above all people on the earth and the heavenly hosts. Forgive us, O LORD we pray, whenever we doubt that, no matter what, You are on the Throne. Hallelujah! Guide us in our thoughts, in our prayers, in our talks, and in our walk according to Your perfect will. May all be done to Your glory alone. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

As I’m writing this we are literally without power. We are experiencing a power outage at the moment. Due to a notice received ahead of time, we knew that the local electricity company scheduled a power outage for today. Our area is also scheduled for another day without electricity this coming Wednesday.

Actually I do not mind these kind of no power days as long as the outages are scheduled ones. Not taken by surprise, I can plan ahead of time. On my shopping lists are products to prepare quick meals, firewood for the heating of the home, and enough candles for the darker hours of the day. On my to-do list are tasks like charging the devices I would like to use that day: phone, tablet, laptop, and the rechargable LED flashlight.

It is great to know beforehand whenever a power outage will come up shortly, but what if we do not know ahead of time?

This is so often true of the Christian life, isn’t it? We think we have it all scheduled, all worked out, all well planned — then something unexpected comes up and our power is shut down. Then what? That will be the topic for our next blog post this week. So please stay tuned.

Love the LORD your God with all of your might today.

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